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Rip-roaring start to 2023 for RCYC dinghies

  Following a busy December on the water, the dinghy yard & Curlane bank have been rocking with a hive of activity each weekend this January.

The mild weather, together with great sailing winds has brought the junior dinghy sailors flocking to the club. The watery winter sun helping to take the edge from the biting westerly breeze.

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The Optimist got the activity underway with the fun Christmas sail on Jan 2nd where 21 sailors, a mix of beginners to gold fleet took to the water, this was followed by great fun & games later ashore.  Club coaching continued each weekend, and Denis Paaske accompanied by our club coaches returns this weekend for a Performance clinic.

Congratulations to the RCYC Optimist team racing team who represented the club so well at the Annual Monaco Team Race last week.

The 29er clinic in December lead by Coaches Johnny Durcan & Chris Bateman took the sailors through footwork, boat balance and light winds strategy on the Saturday. Winds started light and then gradually built up to a south-westerly 20 knots. The experience left the sailors egging for more. “It was my best and fastest day ever on a 29er!” exclaimed one of the sailors taking part. “The coaches have so much experience and they pass their knowledge on so well. It was actually my birthday on the second day and it was a brilliant way to spend it!”. With the 29ers back in the water last weekend, we can expect more clinics and weekend coaching sessions as the season rolls on.

 

Complemented by the presence of the Irish Sailing Topper & ILCA4 squads, the RCYC ILCA & Topper coaching continues each weekend, with numbers ramping up as the month goes on. The ILCAs have an intense 6 week session planned for Feb-Mar with a visitor performance coach from Portugal, while the Toppers are planning for the Worlds with a sprint series complemented by coaching with International visitor coach from UK.

 

The Mixed dinghy fleet have also been busy over the Christmas break, with 2 420’s due to arrive on loan from the national class association, and 4 of our sailors due to join the training session & Munster Championships at KYC for the February midterm break.

 

More than 50 dinghy sailors are expected on the water this weekend, this is a testament to the dedication and foresight of the class captains and their committees for the strong Winter programs they have put together. The sailors and parents have tuned in from the start, and if this tempo is anything to go by, we are in for a fantastic season ahead.

 

 

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